Dinklage, Snyder Cut, Scream: Weekly Round Up – So, somehow there’s still news coming out of this lockdown (are we still in lockdown? It’s hard to tell. Maybe I should just trust my instincts and take a trip to Durham, I just don’t know…) regarding certain movies. Admittedly most of the news centers around films that have been greenlit or that are the early stages of pre-production – I guess lockdown is a big win for all those execs who’s job it is to literally just read scripts and say “yes” or “no” – and this week we have some really interesting sounding movies announced.
But, we can’t go forward with talking about the biggest story of all the movie news this week, can we?
If you haven’t heard it by now then I’m not sure where you’ve been, but it would seem that there really was a Snyder Cut all along, and now Warner Bros. are actually, genuinely planning to release it!
And if that sounds insane to you then you’re not alone. For those of you who don’t know, the context behind this is kind of longwinded but important. Zack Snyder, the man behind the Dawn of the Dead remake, 300, and Watchmen, was the main creative force behind what is now widely recognized as the DC Extended Universe. This was to be DC’s attempt at rivalling Marvel and their MCU. It began with Snyder’s own Man of Steel, before being followed up with Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman. Of course, we all know that BvS and Suicide Squad didn’t exactly turn out how people would have liked.
In what seemed to be something of a panic, and wrapped up in a horrific family tragedy for Snyder, the director was essentially ousted from the Justice League movie and Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy, Firefly, Serenity, and The Avengers, was brought in to rewriter and reshoot basically the entire film.
Justice League was awful, and pretty much torn apart by critics and fans alike (not least because of some really bizarre moustache controversy). Ever since then fans of Snyder’s DC movies have spoken about a fabled “Snyder Cut”, which was rumored to be 4 hours long, much darker than Whedon’s movie, and – most importantly – much better.
There was some question over whether or not a Snyder Cut really existed, but the cast seemed to hint that it did too, and finally, this week during a live commentary of Man of Steel, Zack Snyder revealed that HBO Max, HBO’s new streaming platform, had agreed to give him a $20-$30 million budget to complete his cut and release it on their service.
Needless to say fans were excited. I mean, shit, I’m excited, and I’m not a fan!
We won’t be seeing the film until 2021, because Snyder still has some work to do, but this is an interesting development nonetheless, and it left people wondering what other potential original cuts of movies would we like to see. Quickly David Ayer, director of Suicide Squad, suggested that he might get to see his movie recut as he originally intended, while Paul Fieg hinted that there was a 3 and a half hour cut of the 2016 Ghostbusters movie (if you’re up for some extended tortue).
What this all means for the later DCEU movies, such as Aquaman and Shazam, remains to be seen, but it’s certainly an interesting development for movies.
While we’re on the subject of Aquaman; Jason Mamoa has a new film coming, and it sees him reteaming with his Game of Thrones co-star Peter Dinklage.
Although the pair never actually shared the screen during Games of Thrones’ run, the two will get the chance to work together in the upcoming vampire comedy Good, Bad & Undead, which sees Dinklage play the latest in the line of the family Van Helsing, who teams up with Momoa’s good vampire to con unsuspecting townsfolk into paying for his services.
It sounds a little bit Frighteners-esque, to me, but it’s a solid premise nonetheless, and it’ll be good to see Peter Dinklage on the screen again. The film is set to be directed by Max Barbakow, who made his feature debut with the upcoming Andy Samberg comedy Palm Springs.
A couple of weeks ago I spoke about Scream 5, from the directors of last years excellent comedy horror Ready or Not (fucking rich people) and that Neve Campbell had been approached to potentially reprise her role as Sydney Prescott. While the jury is still out on whether or not Campbell is returning, we did get confirmation that another key Scream cast member will be reprising their role.
David Arquette played police officer Dewy in the four previous Scream movies, making up one third of the main trio, along with Campbell and Courtney Cox as news reporter Gail Weathers. With Arquette’s signing it’s not unreasonable to assume the others will be announced any day now.
While the film sadly won’t be directed by Wes Craven, original Scream writer Kevin Williamson has come on board the project as an executive producer. I’ll keep you posted on this one as we get more news because, well, I’m excited. – Dinklage, Snyder Cut, Scream: Weekly Round Up
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